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REACTIONS TO THE DEFEAT IN PAMPLONA

22 Jan 2013
There were two ideas floating around the Reyno de Navarra; the first was that the first goal should have been disallowed; the second was that Depor played a pretty bad game. New boss Domingos Paciência wasn’t happy at all.

It was the first defeat in era of Domingos Paciência; the coach was unhappy with the performance of the team, “It wasn't pleasant to watch; we came here for the victory, but the first part was bad. The first goal was offside and it affected us, but we must look to ourselves, because we didn't make a good game. I don’t like this kind of football; it’s too ugly, ugly, ugly, because the ball is in the air all the time. Long balls… ugly game. We are the responsible ones, besides we missed concentration in the second goal.”

The Portuguese trainer was defending Oliveira for his couple of failed attempts when the score still was 0-2, “When you are wrong and aren’t playing too much, then the confidence and your performance isn’t the best. If you aren’t competing then you aren’t ready to score a goal. Osasuna completed two shots on target and won the game.”

He also admitted that Deportivo played at the pace that Osasuna wanted, “You cannot compare this game with the past ones. Osasuna were playing at home and their way to play was through long balls searching for their strikers and the secondary plays. It’s too difficult to play with the ball over the grass. We played as Osasuna wanted.”

Finally, Domingos was feeling sorry for that fact that Deportivo is once again the last place at the standings, “It was a game against a rival that’s also fighting. We must win the home matches in order to clinch the goal of the season. We shouldn’t have lost here, but everything was against us. It was impressive how they scored the first goal.”

Nélson Oliveira was the villain of the match as he incredibly missed two scoring opportunities that could have changed the game; he was feeling sorry for it, “If you want the true I’m sad for failing those opportunities, but prefer not to think of fit. All the strikers miss chances; [Cristiano] Ronaldo also misses some chances. I’m sad for missing a key game, now we must think of the next one. It is a hard hit.”

About the game, the Portuguese striker admitted that Depor played a bad first part, and also that the first goal was offside, “We didn’t play well in the first part. We fall into the game of Osasuna, which was to play in long throws. The first goal of Osasuna was a clear offside. The referees should be more careful with those plays.”

Midfielder Álex Bergantiños was also criticizing the fact that there was no call in the first goal of Osasuna, “I believe that the first goal of Osasuna was scored after an offside that was pretty evident. It later conditioned the rest of the match.” But later he admitted the big error in the second goal, “The second goal was a huge mistake. We were surprised that the referee whistled that foul. There’s no forgiveness for us.”

“Maybe, if we would have scored the 1-2 before, then we would have had more chances to tie the game. It’s a pity that the goal arrived in one of our last plays, but in the second part we had several opportunities and it’s a pity that we didn’t score before. It was an important game. We are leaving screwed as it wasn’t a game to lose.” The Galician player added.

His partner at midfield territory, Paulo Assunção, was also upset as the referees allowed the first goal of the Navarrans, “The first goal was clearly in offside, at least by one meter. That play was the key as the game turned to be more complicated after that.”

Aranzubia was feeling sorry for the defeat, “We aren’t content. It was an important game and, judging by what we saw on the pitch, we had more opportunities than them, but they were more effective and despite the goal at the end it was too late to get an equalizer. We are leaving sad, because it was an important match, now we must try to win the next one.”

Pizzi couldn’t score for the third straight opportunity; the Portuguese winger was saying that Depor showed a different face in both halves of the game, “The true is that the team wasn’t fine, especially in the first half, in the second part we fixed some issues. The chances missed by Nélson [Oliveira] would have put us back into the game, but anyone could end up wasting those opportunities.”

The other winger at the starting formation, Bruno Gama, was also criticizing the performance of the team, “In the first part we played too much through the direct game. Truly we improved in the second, but it wasn’t enough. Each game is a final from now own. We cannot stop to think if we still have margin or not. We just have to continue fighting. Besides, everybody knows that there was an offside in the first goal; it conditioned the rest of the game.”

The bad news of the game was the ankle sprain suffered by Riki, an injury that will probably sideline him for at least two weeks. About the injury he commented that, “It was a sprain and let’s see how the problem evolves. Right now I barely can walk.”

Related to the game, the Madrilenian attacker commented that, “They were more aggressive in the first half. Now we cannot lose points at home. I’m convinced that we’ll move forward. Today we have lost, but the team is creating scoring opportunities. I feel connected with Oliveira when we play together.”

At Osasuna, coach José Luis Mendilibar admitted that the first goal should have been disallowed, “It was offside? Yes? Well, I was watching the linesman. It’s the first time in twenty matchdays in which they give something to us.”

About the match, he commented that, “The most important thing is that we added the three points. There were two different moments. The first half and part of the second, time when the game was ours, then the final stretch, part in which our tiredness affected us and they were feeling more comfortable. There are a lot of ways in order to play football, the “tiki-taka”, direct football and more. We just try to play as we know.”

The scorer of the first goal, Kike Sola, said that, “Clearly you have to fight until the end. Having a 2-0 in favour it seems that the games are turning to be too long for us and we must remain focused throughout the 90 minutes. We must keep working and let’s see if this victory brings confidence. After the game against Real Madrid we were searching for this confidence. We needed the victory and I believe it was important.”


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